Monday, December 6, 2021

Weekly Gratitude Journal

I woke up this morning to the sound of the rain outside. It was tempting to stay inside where it was cozy, dry and warm, but eventually I donned my yellow rubber raincoat and headed outside for my walk in spite of the rain. It actually felt refreshing, not just to my body that had been a bit too sedentary over the weekend, but even my heart and mind felt more at peace by the time I finished my walk. While I didn't feel like walking due to the bad weather, I ended up benefiting from going on the walk in spite of my feelings. Similarly, sometimes we just don't feel like giving thanks. But when we take note of our blessings and give thanks to God in spite of "not feeling it,"  it benefits us. It refreshes our spirit and reminds us that, no matter what we are going through, no matter how we feel, there is always something to be thankful for.

Since 2009 I've been counting my blessings thanks to the prompting of Ann Voskamp.
 I continue to count my thanks, 
piling up gratitude day by day in my journal.
(and capturing some of my blessings via my camera or iPhone)

-a good night's sleep
-a friend from church praying for me
-a good walk
-our growth group

-flowers from my husband
-God's help and wisdom when we ask Him
-a week night date with my husband after not getting a date day for a couple of weeks

-It's December!
-an encouraging zoom meeting
-Christmas shopping
-a fiery sunset that had even the other shoppers stopping to take notice

-talking to my brother on his birthday
-God answering prayers
-Tim Smith's song, "I look to you"

-a really good night's sleep
-Friday date day
-a foggy morning
-a tiny green hummingbird sipping from a pink fushia
 that was growing in a flowerpot outside of the store
-a special time with our granddaughter to celebrate her tenth birthday

-my husband gifting my oldest daughter and I with tickets to Handel's Messiah
-good conversation with my girl during our evening together
-He shall reign forever and ever!

-our church family willingly volunteering to help for an upcoming event
-God's care, provision and answers to prayer
-Sunday afternoon rest

still following,

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